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Friday, October 28, 2016
Productivity tips: Keep a notebook for all ideas and delegate extensively
Time is a crucial asset that you cannot regain once you’ve lost it
Say “no” to requests that don’t move you forward. Steve Jobs himself declared “Focusing is about saying no.” So don’t be afraid to be ruthless when it comes to tasks that aren’t relevant to your goals.
Nobody can be the best at absolutely everything. We all have strengths and weaknesses, so put your time into the things that you’re good at. The Pareto principle tells us that 80 percent of our results stem from only 20 percent of our actions. So, find that 20 percent that you’re brilliant at, and give it all your attention!
Delegate what can be delegated and work on the rest in a planned manner
Delegation begins with a few questions that require an honest response. How valuable is your task? Are you the only one that could do it well? If not, how could you make the process faster? If you have a task on your hands that isn’t urgent or is something you can’t do so well, it’s time to delegate.
The first of these may come as a surprise: stop using to-do lists. Think about it – half the items tend to stay incomplete, which leaves you with a daunting list of errands and nothing more than extra stress.
Meetings should be reduced to those that are absolutely crucial.
A notebook and a healthy rhythm are two simple but vital tools for your productivity
Paper notebooks are one of the most valuable tools for anyone aspiring to organizational excellence.
A notebook gives you a place to jot down advice, ideas, questions and conversations that come your way. This is a vital process that allows you to make and maintain plans.
Another strategy to keep your energy levels stable is starting the day right. Morning routines that make room for “me-time” can lift your productivity from the outset.
Billionaires often stress the obstacles that meetings pose to focus and workflow, and recommend limiting meetings to a bare minimum. The athletes, on the other hand, emphasize the importance of scheduling.
Rigid routine, particularly in the morning, is a popular strategy to combat an overloaded schedule. Many entrepreneurs considered multitasking as something to avoid, as it simply isn’t effective.